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The Native Manta Ray 14 is a high-quality fishing…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $2000
The Native Manta Ray 14 is a high-quality fishing and touring kayak best suited for individuals looking for a watercraft capable of supporting extended paddling distances, fishing expeditions, and camping trips.
- Lots of storage space
- Aft wheel aids in transporting
- Very stable in calm waters
- Not suited for surf rough seas
The Native Watercraft Manta Ray 14' model is an excellent platform for serious kayakers who are looking for a platform that would support everything from fresh and saltwater fishing to extended trips requiring storage for camping equipment.
The extended length, while adding weight, aids in speed and helps in keeping the kayak pointed towards waypoints. Numerous compartments span the length of the kayak, with a large opening at the bow and several smaller compartments near the seat area for accessories. The Manta Ray's seat in particular is extremely comfortable, adjustable, and quick-drying, which makes for an enjoyable trip through various types of weather conditions. Available pontoons for purchase further aid in making this kayak a great purchase by adding lots of stability for those wishing to have the option of fishing while standing.
The Manta Ray model can typically be purchased with varying types of accessory mounts added to include holders for rods, nets, or fish finders/GPS. Additionally, an integrated anchor system is perfect for adding various types of anchors that can be adjusted along the length of the kayak depending on water conditions and positioning
This kayak is made of high-quality materials that I have subjected to ocean, river, and swamp conditions. Throughout it all, the kayak has held up great despite having been dragged over rock, concrete, and sand.
One of the major drawbacks to a kayak of this bulk and length is the difficulty that comes in maneuvering it through surf or whitewater. The only time that I have dumped the Manta Ray was during a fishing situation along the North Carolina coast. Maneuvering the 14' watercraft from the beach and through the surf was relatively easy, particularly since the Manta Ray's cockpit plugs allow for quick draining when removed.
Coming back to shore however, resulted in disaster as there was little-to-no way at controlling the lengthy kayak when picked up by crashing waves. With so much bow and stern on each side of the kayaker, countering the force of waves is much more difficult than in a smaller ocean kayak. Needless to say, I ended up going head over heels, lost several fishing poles with tackle and got to practice flipping a 14' kayak in crashing surf.
Point: highly recommend this product for Class II and below white water or equivalent.